Jody Hedlund is celebrating the release of her latest book, Unending Devotion, with a blog tour throughout the month of September. She's confessing some fun secrets, and I have the honor of hosting her on i blog 4 books today!
Secret #7: Where I do most of my writing.
By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund
board on Pinterest with all my dream writing spots. The reason I have the board is so that I can drool and dream a little bit. Because I currently don't have much of an office to speak of.
At one point I had a small office upstairs. But because my growing kids needed more bedroom space, I moved my desk into my bedroom to a tiny spot near the closet.
Fortunately, I can lock the door to the bedroom when I need uninterrupted time to work. Unfortunately, my older kids all have learned how to pick the lock.
I'm not all that crushed that I don't have a fancy writing space. Because I must confess my office is NOT where I do most of my work.
My real writing spot is *drum roll* the kitchen table. Yes, I spend 80% of my time working at my kitchen table and the other 20% in my office.
The long, white table sits smack-dab in the middle of the downstairs living area at the hub of all the
activity. From my spot on the picnic-table style bench, I can see out into the backyard to the swing set, the trampoline, and the thick woods beyond. From where I sit, I can keep tabs on all three doors into the house, the stairways, and the bathroom.
I can also see who's getting into the refrigerator and snack cabinet (which is also very crucial!).
In other words, my post at the kitchen table helps me keep track of all five of my kids and our pets.
Because the truth is, at this stage in my life, as a busy mom of young children, I can't closet myself away. I want and need to be available to my kids.
But I have real work, deadlines, and demands that require my attention as well. And while I covet quiet, uninterrupted work time, I've also come to realize over the years that I can't wait for perfect conditions before I start to work. I have to turn on Pandora, put on my headphones, and just do the best I can.
Some days, I get interrupted hundreds of times in the span of an hour or two. But I keep going the best I can, working through the distractions. Because I know that one day all too soon, I'll be able to have my upstairs office again.
I only have my children living in my home for a short span of my life. But I'll have my writing forever.
For now, I'll take the interruptions and count my blessings.
What about you? Work-at-home moms, how do you balance kid-time and work-time? And what about kids and snacking?! My kids love to snack and I'd love some healthy snack ideas. Any suggestions?
Publisher's Weekly calls Unending Devotion "A meaty tale of life amid the debauchery of the lumber camps of 1880s Michigan . . . exciting and unpredictable to the very end."
To celebrate the release of Unending Devotion, Jody is giving away a signed copy. Enter via the Rafflecopter below to enter the drawing. Valid only with US or Canadian addresses. The last day to enter the giveaway is Tuesday, September 18.
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